What does institute mean?

Definitions for institute
ˈɪn stɪˌtut, -ˌtyutin·sti·tute

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. instituteverb

    an association organized to promote art or science or education

  2. establish, found, plant, constitute, instituteverb

    set up or lay the groundwork for

    "establish a new department"

  3. institute, bringverb

    advance or set forth in court

    "bring charges", "institute proceedings"


  1. institutenoun

    An organization founded to promote a cause

    I work in a medical research institute.

  2. institutenoun

    An institution of learning; a college, especially for technical subjects

  3. institutenoun

    The building housing such an institution

  4. instituteverb

    To begin or initiate (something).

    He instituted the new policy of having children walk through a metal detector to enter school.

  5. instituteverb

    To train, instruct.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Institutenoun

    Etymology: institut, Fr. institutum, Latin.

    This law, though custom now directs the course,
    As nature's institute, is yet in force
    Uncancel'd, though disused. Dryden.

    Thou art pale in mighty studies grown,
    To make the Stoick institutes thy own. John Dryden, Persius.

  2. To INSTITUTEverb

    Etymology: instituo, institutum, Lat. instituer, Fr.

    God then instituted a law natural to be observed by creatures; and therefore, according to the manner of laws, the institution thereof is described as being established by solemn injunction. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    Here let us breathe, and haply institute
    A course of learning, and ingenuous studies. William Shakespeare.

    To the production of the effect they are determined by the laws of their nature, instituted and imprinted on them by inimitable wisdom. Matthew Hale, Original of Mankind.

    To institute a court and country party without materials, would be a very new system in politicks, and what, I believe, was never thought on before. Jonathan Swift.

    If children were early instituted, knowledge would insensibly insinuate itself. Decay of Piety.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Institute

    established; organized; founded

  2. Instituteverb

    to set up; to establish; to ordain; as, to institute laws, rules, etc

  3. Instituteverb

    to originate and establish; to found; to organize; as, to institute a court, or a society

  4. Instituteverb

    to nominate; to appoint

  5. Instituteverb

    to begin; to commence; to set on foot; as, to institute an inquiry; to institute a suit

  6. Instituteverb

    to ground or establish in principles and rudiments; to educate; to instruct

  7. Instituteverb

    to invest with the spiritual charge of a benefice, or the care of souls

  8. Instituteadjective

    the act of instituting; institution

  9. Instituteadjective

    that which is instituted, established, or fixed, as a law, habit, or custom

  10. Instituteadjective

    hence: An elementary and necessary principle; a precept, maxim, or rule, recognized as established and authoritative; usually in the plural, a collection of such principles and precepts; esp., a comprehensive summary of legal principles and decisions; as, the Institutes of Justinian; Coke's Institutes of the Laws of England. Cf. Digest, n

  11. Institutenoun

    an institution; a society established for the promotion of learning, art, science, etc.; a college; as, the Institute of Technology; also, a building owned or occupied by such an institute; as, the Cooper Institute

  12. Institutenoun

    the person to whom an estate is first given by destination or limitation

  13. Etymology: [L. institutus, p. p. of instituere to place in, to institute, to instruct; pref. in- in + statuere to cause to stand, to set. See Statute.]


  1. Institute

    An institute is an organisational body created for a certain purpose.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Institute

    in′sti-tūt, v.t. to set up in: to erect: to originate: to establish: to appoint: to commence: to educate.—n. anything instituted or formally established: established law: precept or principle: (pl.) a book of precepts, principles, or rules, esp. in jurisprudence: an institution: a literary and philosophical society or association, as the 'Institute of France' (embracing L'Académie Française, L'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, L'Académie des Sciences, L'Académie des Beaux Arts, and L'Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques).—n. Institū′tion, the act of instituting or establishing: that which is instituted or established: foundation: established order: enactment: a society established for some object: that which institutes or instructs: a system of principles or rules: the origination of the Eucharist and the formula of institution: the act by which a bishop commits a cure of souls to a priest.—adjs. Institū′tional, Institū′tionary, belonging to an institution: instituted by authority: elementary.—n. In′stitutist, a writer of institutes or elementary rules.—adj. In′stitutive, able or tending to establish: depending on an institution.—n. In′stitutor, one who institutes: an instructor. [L. instituĕre, -ūtumin, in, statuĕre, to cause to stand—stāre, to stand.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'institute' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1926

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'institute' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4364

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'institute' in Nouns Frequency: #809

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of institute in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of institute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of institute in a Sentence

  1. Maria Zuber:

    The Institute will revisit collaborations with these entities as circumstances dictate.

  2. David Bennett:

    The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) graded 400 blue diamonds and only four of the 400 were graded (fancy) vivid blue. So even amongst this extremely rare class of blue diamonds, to get one vivid blue, 12 carats, internally flawless, is once in a blue moon.

  3. Lori Lodes:

    But their lies don't work anymore. American Petroleum Institute is losing American Petroleum Institute power in Washington and Congress will pass the Build Back Better Act and invest in a clean energy future for the next generation.

  4. Multiple Republican governors:

    National Institute of Allergy's what I'm being told by the people who are responsible for the testing. I take them for their word. If that doesn't happen, I'm going to go to them and say,' What happened here, why didn't it happen and how can we fix it ?'.

  5. Dan Halem:

    The current situation ... is not acceptable, we are going to try very hard to fix it but it's going to require ... the cooperation of two governments and certainly the assistance the Cuban Baseball Federation and INDER (the Cuban sports institute.).

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